Inaugural Newman Lecturer
questions if the principles of
Higher Education need to be
The Inaugural Newman Lecture sponsored by University College Dublin and
Allied Irish Banks was given by Professor John Haldane, on 'Education and the Need of
Understanding'. John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for
Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
His lecture considered whether the principles and purposes of higher education need
to be rethought, particularly at a time when rapid social change and economic advancement
challenge traditional values - including educational ones. In times of change, the need
for reflection and understanding is greater than ever before. The response of universities
to the serious and apparently conflicting demands arising from social change was the
central issue with which this lecture was concerned.
For further information contact Maria Bourke, Office of Public Affairs at 706 1679. Issued
by the Office of Public Affairs, UCD. 11 February 2000.
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